Newcastle University Business School

External Opportunities


Newcastle University Business School does not run these initiatives but all these external opportunities will increase your awareness of the array of local and international work, study and volunteering opportunities available.

The transferable skills you will gain from all these projects and placements will fast-track your international career.

Santander bursary

If you are travelling to a Santander country to take part in a global experience, a Santander bursary of up to £1,000 may be available to you.

Applications will be judged on some or all of the following criteria:

  • your academic record
  • initiative demonstrated by the proposal
  • academic relevance of the global experience opportunity to your degree programme

For more information about Santander bursaries, email us.


Student Community Action Newcastle (SCAN)

While not directly international SCAN is part of Newcastle University Student Union and helps students and staff to find the ideal community volunteering opportunity for you within our city. Anyone can volunteer, it doesn't matter who you are or what experience you have, but this kind of experience will make you stand out as an ethically aware graduate ready for the world of international business. Email SCAN to sign up.

Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange UK (ICYE-UK)

ICYE-UK is a registered charity and is part of an international federation of exchange NGOs that place volunteers on social, community and environmental projects worldwide for between three weeks and 12 months. Placements enable individuals to live and volunteer in another country, learn a new language, gain a true insight into another culture, and a better understanding of their own and other people’s lives. ICYE-UK also provides voluntary placements with local charities in the UK for individuals from all over the world. To find out more about the projects, visit the ICYE-UK website

International Service

International Service is a development charity which empowers some of the world’s most marginalised people in Latin America, the Middle East and West Africa. The organisation offers volunteer placements working in areas such as female empowerment, disability rights and child poverty. For more information visit the International Service website.


COCO is an international children’s charity based right here in Newcastle. COCO works with communities in remote regions overseas to alleviate poverty which prevents children from receiving an education. They aim to undertake projects which not only change lives, but are sustainable so that eventually their assistance will not be required. COCO look for office volunteers, as well as people to help with overseas projects. For more information visit the COCO website.

Virtual Volunteering

Working from home as a volunteer can be a good option if you want experience which is flexible around your study commitments. Find out about opportunities on the Careers Sevice website.

There are also links to the United Nations volunteering service, connecting volunteers with organisations working for sustainable development.

Global Business Case Competition

The Global Business Case Competition (GBCC) is an annual international case competition that brings together undergraduate university students from the United States and 12 - 14 other countries to compete in a fast-paced and challenging business case study.

Starting in 1999 as the Global Business Challenge, this week-long program provides students a chance to build cross-cultural relationships, experience the city of Seattle and most importantly, participate in a real-world case study to analyse and develop a business recommendation within 48 hours.

The competition culminates on the University of Washington campus, where each team presents their solution to a panel of judges who select the GBCC Champions. For more details visit the GBCC website.

Other useful websites


Medics2Mongolia internships

If you can’t travel abroad to gain work experience you can still get involved in international activities right here in Newcastle with Medics2Mongolia, who are especially looking for Business School students to help out. Unpaid placements are available with this recognised charity set up by Newcastle University medics. They cover a wide variety of fields including marketing, social media, communications, fundraising and development of an English teaching programme. To find out more about job roles and descriptions, visit the Medics2Mongolia website.

British Universities North America Club (BUNAC)

BUNAC offers a range of exciting work abroad and volunteer abroad programmes. BUNAC is the work and travel expert and has been helping young people work and volunteer abroad since 1962. Popular gap year destinations include: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Nepal, Australia, Britain, China, South Africa and many more. To find out more visit the BUNAC website

Camp America

At Camp America, you can work directly with American children by instructing or assisting them in activities or even work behind the scenes as support staff and get paid. Camp is a truly international environment and you’ll make friends with people from all corners of the globe – meaning you’ll have unbelievably good fun travelling with them after camp and then visiting them in their own country. To find out more, visit the Camp America website.

VSO ICS – International Citizen Service

Government initiative providing young people (aged 18-22) with three month voluntary work placements with local entrepreneurs to grow their small businesses in deprived areas overseas.

Funding is available on a means-tested basis. To find out more please visit the VSO website.


Explore a variety of paid work options in Canada and in the USA including ski resorts, summer resorts and internships. To find out more please visit their CCUSA website.

Newcastle Work Experience

While not direct international experience, Newcastle Work Experience is a paid, flexible work experience programme providing undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to undertake challenging project-based placements within Newcastle University and businesses based in North East region.

The skills you will develop whilst undertaking Newcastle work experience will help boost your employability and make you a player on the international employment stage. To find out more visit the Careers Service website.